OUSD Offers Largest Salary Increase in Decade
CA -- On Tuesday, February 24, Oakland Unified School District
increased its salary offer to the Oakland Education Association to
10.5% over 18 months, with the potential for a total of 13.5% if
additional funding is received for increased collaboration time and if
OEA agrees to align its health benefits with most other District
employees. The offer includes a re-opener in 2016-17 on compensation.
district’s proposal included a summary of agreements on improvements in
salaries and working conditions it has offered to date in response to
OEA proposals. The district also emphasized two key proposals needed to
empower school governance teams in the areas of teacher placement and
school site decision making. Excerpts from this summary are included at
the end of this bargaining update.
OUSD and OEA bargaining teams agree to use creative negotiations process moving forward
a joint effort to accelerate ongoing constructive conversations
designed to reach a settlement, OUSD and OEA agreed to modify the
negotiations process in the following ways:
- Intensify the bargaining schedule by adding consecutive days to the negotiations calendar
- Move to a “what if…” bargaining approach
intensified schedule and the new approach will position both sides to
generate agreements that meet both OUSD and OEA priorities. The
brainstorming approach to which both sides jointly committed at the next
two and three day bargaining sessions will be focused on reaching
mutually agreeable contractual solutions.
The engagement will not
be characterized by the traditional exchange of written, proposals of
record, but instead will consist of non-binding
discussions that will allow both parties to explore “what if” scenarios
in response to each others’ priorities and concerns. Under this
approach, neither party is moving off its current proposals; current
positions are preserved unless and until both parties mutually agree to commit an
idea on which each side has been working to paper. Either side may also elect
to continue to put forward counter proposals on specific articles.
bargaining session was concluded with appreciative and optimistic
recognition that both sides are continuing to move forward with this
process in a constructive and creative way.
Excerpts from OUSD Proposal of February 24:
careful consideration of, and consultation with the Board and
Superintendent regarding OEA’s Package Settlement Proposal of February
10, 2015, which according to its terms “must be accepted in its entirety
for it to be considered an agreement."
The District must
respectfully reject such proposal. In response, the District resubmits
its own Package Settlement Proposal of January 27, 2015 except as
provided in the attached increased salary proposal. This response is
based on the following reasons:
The District’s Package Proposal
includes an historic compensation offer that would bring teachers the
largest salary increase in decades – now 10.5% over 18 months, with the
potential for a total of 13.5% if additional funding is received for
increased collaboration time and if OEA agrees to align its health
benefits with most other District employees.
The District has
also proposed to enable either party to reopen negotiations over further
potential salary increases for the 2016-2017 school year. In addition,
the District has offered:
- Increased salaries for beginning teachers
- Two years of salary schedule credit for each year of service at Intensive Support Schools
- Lower class sizes in grades TK-3 to meet State prescribed maximum years before the legal deadline
- For the first time, cash payments to general education teachers whose class sizes or daily contacts exceed contractual limits
- Additional stipends, release time, and guaranteed budgets for supplies, etc. for certain specialized positions
- Dental and vision benefits for specified substitutes
- A strengthened commitment to use caseload/class size guidelines in Special Education programs
These proposals address many if not most of OEA’s priorities and goals in these negotiations.
turn, the District’s priority is on ensuring each child’s access to
quality school options in their neighborhood by providing all schools
the best chance for success. This effort includes District proposals to
strengthen the leadership of school governance teams by empowering them
in two key areas:
decisions on teachers and staff being made at the school level with
principals making decisions on all hires acting upon the recommendations
of a newly established school personnel committee made up mostly of
teachers (Article 12).
process to ensure that schools with the greatest need for improvement
have more decision making authority which they can leverage to provide
additional instructional time, collaboration opportunities for teachers,
and make other programmatic decisions in their schools. This would
also include a process for higher performing schools to pursue the same,
increased decision making opportunities (Article 27).
District’s proposals are not an attack on teachers. The proposals do
not assume the need to protect against falsely stereotyped “bad
teachers.” To the contrary, the District’s proposals reject the notion
that teachers are interchangeable cogs in the educational machine;
rather, we recognize every teacher brings to the classroom his or her
unique gifts, talents and abilities.
District’s proposals reflect a core belief that every possible effort
should be made to create and nurture structures designed to best match
these unique qualities to particular school communities and learning
environments, in the best interests of the students they serve.
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